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Another Soft Hackle Question
Posted 15 February 2008 - 07:00 AM
Posted 15 February 2008 - 11:20 AM
you are not in a minority. Many tiers tie in by the stem. I think they are specifically speaking of Partridge, here. Sometime it is wise and necessary to tie in by the tip, and some tiers prefer to do so. I learned to tie the best wets from the Leisenring book, which shows you tie in by the stem. However, I've adapted tying in at the tip because the results are better in certain applications and for certain end results. Generally, I start my wet flies--and that includes soft-hackles, and flymphs- like the illustration, below
Like others have said in this thread, how you tie the hackle on is a matter of preference. I'll add to that and say it can also be a matter of how you want the fly to look or the end result.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:46 PM
Posted 31 March 2008 - 06:42 PM
Posted 11 April 2008 - 08:49 PM
I just noticed this thread and find myself in the (very) minority. For soft-hackle flies I almost always tye my feathers in by the root and then wrap rearwards to my awaiting thread, which I then wrap through the hackle collar. Thus my hackle is locked down by several wraps of thread. An additional advantage is that should the hackle break (which is a common occurence when using the tiny marginal coverts of starling, snipe, etc) it will break at the hackle pliers and won't need to be retyed to the hook.
Dave Hughes in Wet Flies advocates this technique, and it makes sense to me. Also, the feather butt is locked down under the body of the fly, If the fly has a fur body or thorax, that feather butt disappears anyway. That being said, I am pretty new to the whole soft hackle thing, and I tie them butt first, tip first, distributed wrap, compensated wrap or palmered. Like Mark said, it is whatever is best for a certain fly.
Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:14 PM
FROM THE FAT UGLY WELSHMAN
PLAY THROUGH THE HAND
NOT OFF THE REEL
SNIPE AND PURPLE WILL SAVE THE DAY........
Posted 09 May 2008 - 06:32 PM
Posted 13 May 2008 - 03:54 PM